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In SAI’s second annual publication, The City and South Asia, experts from a variety of fields, at both Harvard and elsewhere, have come together to hold up a cross-disciplinary lens to urban centers in South Asia. This volume aims to shed light on planning and architecture, and other existing elements of urban development, and provide a sense of the new forms of urbanism emerging in contemporary South Asia.


Archaeology and the Ancient City
By Nayanjot Lahiri

The Season of Migration to the City
By Namita Dharia

Housing in Karachi Today
By Arif Hasan

The Beautification of Postwar Colombo
Harini Amarasuriya and Jonathan Spencer

Modern Chandigarh
By Maristella Casciato

Urban Planning in Bangladesh
By Fuad H. Mallick, Aminur Rahman, and A. K. M. Sirajuddin

The Changing Urban Space of Colombo
By Jagath Munasinghe

Decoding Dhaka
By Farooq Ameen

Impatient Capital and the Indian City
By Rahul Mehrotra

The Land and Tilism of Hoshruba
By Musharraf Ali Farooqi

Durga Pujo in Kolkata
By Anirban Adhya

In Varanasi We Trust
By Andy Rotman

Waste and the City
By Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey

Finding the Citizen in the City
By Niraja Jayal

Whose City, Whose Art?
By Romita Ray

Floating on Waste Islands
By Venkata Krishna Kumar Matturi

Digital Romance in the Indian City
By Payal Arora and Nimmi Rangaswamy

From Pettai to Nagar
By A. R. Venkatachalapathy

Forever Amber
By Kaiser Haq

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